
02365272
a
2009a.00550
Reese, George C.
Dick, Jennifer
Dildine, James P.
Smith, Kathleen
Storaasli, Mikkel
Travers, Kenneth J.
Wotal, Susan
Zygas, Dalia
Engaging students in authentic mathematics activities through calculators and small robots.
Masalski, William J. et al., Technologysupported mathematics learning environments. Sixtyseventh yearbook. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), (ISBN 0873535693). 319328 (2005).
2005
Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),
EN
U53
D33
R23
B50
robots
student activities
learning
grade 6
teacher education
Summary: Authentic use of instructional technology can lead to increased motivation and understanding in mathematics. The article describes the authors' experiences with sixthgrade students, high school students, and preservice and inservice teachers as they used small, calculatorbased robots. A remarkable discovery made in the course of these activities is that students at a variety of achievement levels are equally engaged. Indeed, it is often difficult to tell, from classroom observation, which students are advanced, which are remedial, or which have learning disabilities. The authors include information on the tools, how they were used in middle and high school classes, sample programs for the robot activities, and links to video clips of students and teachers engaged in the projects.